Downing Road knocks down Sturgeon’s Indyref2 prediction – NewsEverything Scotland

DOWNING Road has given brief shrift to Nicola Sturgeon’s declare {that a} second independence referendum is now “approaching”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman additionally shot down claims from UK Authorities ministers {that a} referendum could be granted if sufficient individuals wished to depart the UK. 

Cupboard Workplace minister Michael Gove and Scotland Secretary Alister Jack just lately signalled 60 per cent help for independence may set off a brand new vote.

Nonetheless the PM’s spokesman stated: “No, we’ve by no means set a place on that.

“Our view is, as set out, that now would merely not be the time to be coping with this.

“The general public need to governments and leaders throughout the UK to steer us on coping with this ongoing pandemic and recovering the financial system.”

Pressed on the matter, the spokesman added: “We haven’t set any goal or quantity.”


The rebuff got here a Ms Sturgeon insisted her occasion’s win in Could’s Holyrood election was “an unarguable mandate” to implement its manifesto, together with Indyref2.

“That’s what we intend to do. It’s referred to as democracy,” she stated in her closing deal with to the SNP’s on-line convention as we speak.

“Throughout the election we stated that tackling the pandemic would come first – and it’ll.

“And we stated that when the covid disaster has handed, we might give the individuals of

“Scotland the selection of independence – and we’ll.”

She added: “Individuals in Scotland have the proper to make that selection. 

“To resolve to take our future into our personal fingers and form a greater future.

“Belief me – the time for that selection is approaching.”

She repeated her need for a referendum earlier than the tip of 2023, Covid allowing, and that she wished “cooperation not confrontation” with the UK Authorities on arranging it.

Nonetheless Boris Johnson has already refused to offer Holyrood the facility it wants to carry a legally watertight vote, and exhibits little signal of fixing his thoughts.

On the Alba occasion’s first convention this weekend, Alex Salmond stated the SNP was getting too cosy in energy and had made no progress in the direction of independence isine 2014. 

Reacting to Ms Sturgeon’s speech, Alba MP Neale Hanvey stated: “It’s hardly shocking that Downing Road have reacted swiftly to reject Nicola Sturgeon’s name for a Referendum citing Covid as the rationale when the First Minister has herself refused to countenance one till the pandemic is over.   

“Removed from being the rationale for blocking a Referendum, restoration from Covid is the very purpose why we want Independence and the complete powers to handle our restoration.

“This present Prime Minister doesn’t care in regards to the democratic will of the Scottish individuals. 

“In Dickensian method he’s set to chop Common Credit score and Working Tax Credit score, driving a whole lot of hundreds of households additional into poverty. 

“It’s time for the First Minister to cease asking ‘Please Sir can I’ve some extra’ and it’s time to begin campaigning for independence because the quick precedence it’s.

“Nicola’s assertion that ‘Democracy should and can prevail’ has been true because the day and the hour the SNP achieved a transparent mandate in 2016.   

“If Boris Johnson is not going to bend to the desire of the First Minister then he should bend to the desire of the Scottish individuals.  

“To try this we want a united strategy to interrupt the log jam and to pressure Westminster’s hand via the convening of an Independence Conference of all Scotland’s Elected representatives, MSPs, MPs and Councillors with the dedication to face down Westminster.”



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